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Ill Effects: The Media Violence Debate (Communication and Society)

Ill Effects: The Media Violence Debate (Communication and Society) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Barker , Julian Petley
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"'The authors assert that there is an urgent need for an informed and interdisciplinary approach to the study of the media.' - Barbara Bloom, Censored 'III Effects... shows how easy it is to demolish the arguments of the pro-censorship lobby, and the media's dishonest pandering to it.' - Roger Clarke, Independent '... a cogent, lucid refutation of the prevailing "wisdom" on film and TV censorship...' - Time Out 'A refreshing guide to what has often been a stale, circular argument, batted between different shades of moral opportunism in the papers - most of whose pundits have never seen the "immorality" in question.' - Tom Dewe Mathews, Independent on Sunday"

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Ill Effects is a radical re-examination of the whole 'media effects' debate. It questions not only whether the media is capable of directly influencing people's views and actions, but also whether the idea of 'effects' is the most useful way of conceptualising the relationship between the media and audiences. Ill Effects looks at the reasons why the media are routinely blamed for horrific events such as the murders of James Bulger and Suzanne Capper and the Hungerford massacre, as well as for perceived trends such as the alleged 'death of the family' and the rise of 'yob culture'. The authors' concern goes beyond individual cases: they discuss the development and current state of play of research into media effects, the remarkable power of 'common-sense' notions of media effects and the way in which the effects issue has become embroiled in debates about freedom of expression and censorship. They suggest how audiences really respond to media texts, and argue that there is an urgent need for informed and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the media. Martin Barker, University of the West of England, UK Julian Petley, Brunel University,UK Pat Holland, David Buckingham, The Anneberg School for Communication,UK David Mi

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1775 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0415146720
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  • Publisher: Routledge (21 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of essays 11 May 2001
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The first edition of this was good and the second edition is even better. Contains several thoughtful pieces about media effects and, perhaps more importantly, why it is that the media itself seems so keen on the idea that watching violent films is a cause of violent behaviour. The editors have picked a good range of relevant material, although we could live without Martin Barker's paranoid whining about why people attack media studies. (If the discipline is as strong as Barker thinks, then why does he worry so much about people publishing silly articles about it?!). Meanwhile the addition of new chapters by good young academics like Annette Hill and David Gauntlett makes this new edition well worth getting.
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By karln
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Ill Effects provides the counter discourse to the media violence debate. Every time there is a high profile crime involving children, the mentally ill, or any others who are considered easily influenced the news media attribute blame to movies, videogames, tv, music etc. The focus of this book is to provide a starting point to those who are critical of the popular discourse on the effects media violence, despite the decades of research on the effects of media violence being inconclusive and even contradictory the mass news media still instigate moral crusades against certain violent mediums of media.

a few examples...

James Bulger - Childs play 3

Columbine Massacre - Marlyn Manson/DOOM

2011 London Riots - Grand Theft Auto game

Warren LeBlanc - Manhunt game

in all these cases blame has been attributed to some sort of violent media whilst the more likely causes/reasons are largely overlooked by the popular press.

This booked acted as the foundation of my dissertation, it couldn't have been any more useful!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected/was looking for! 4 Jan 2012
By AJC87
I purchased this book as part of my Uni reading list, and found it completly useless for what I required it for. I was looking for facts and statistics, objective arguements on the topic .. however this book seems to be completely the author's own opinions and point of view. Maybe for different circumstances the book would be fine, but definitely didnt help me with my assignments
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